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Weta Digital

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Weta Digital is a digital visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand It was founded by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Jamie Selkirk in 1993 to produce the digital special effects for Heavenly Creatures In 2007, Weta Digital’s Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri, was also appointed as a Director of the company Weta Digital has won several Academy Awards and BAFTAs1

Weta Digital is part of a number of Peter Jackson co-owned companies in Wellington which includes Weta Workshop, Weta Productions, Weta Collectibles and Park Road Post Production

The company is named after the New Zealand weta, one of the world's largest insects

Contents

  • 1 Achievements
  • 2 Film and television visual effects filmography
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Achievementsedit

To date, Weta Digital has won five Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects:The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring 2001, The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers 2002, The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King 2003, King Kong 2005, and Avatar 2009

Weta Digital has developed several proprietary software packages to achieve groundbreaking visual effects The scale of the battles required for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy led to the creation of MASSIVE, a program which can animate huge numbers of agents:independent characters acting according to pre-set rules2 To recreate 1933 New York for King Kong, Weta created CityBot, an application which could "build" the city on a shot by shot basis3

Kong’s fur also required the development of new simulation and modeling software A set of tools that combined procedural and interactive techniques added wind to the 460 billion individual strands of fur and modeled interaction with other surfaces New shaders were written that accounted for the scattering of light from within each hair that added to the volumetric quality of the fur Large chunks of fur were ripped out and filled in with scars, blood, and the mud of Skull Island Each frame of fur took 2 gigabytes of data4

For James Cameron's Avatar, Weta modified MASSIVE to give life to the flora and fauna on Pandora, for which the company did most of the visual effects with the four-time Academy Award winner visual effects guru, Joe Letteri,5 under a team led by the late Weta Digital executive and producer, Eileen Moran6 Recently the company has developed their motion capture technique to be able to leave studio for shooting on location, as utilized on the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes78

Film and television visual effects filmographyedit

CG depiction of Gollum created by Weta Digital for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy
  • Heavenly Creatures 19949
  • Forgotten Silver 1995 TV
  • The Frighteners 1996/I
  • Contact 1997
  • The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
  • The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers 2002
  • The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King 2003
  • Van Helsing 2004
  • I, Robot 2004
  • King Kong 2005
  • X-Men:The Last Stand 2006
  • Eragon 2006
  • Bridge to Terabithia 2007
  • Fantastic Four:Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007
  • The Water Horse:Legend of the Deep 2007
  • 30 Days of Night 2007
  • Jumper 2008
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:Prince Caspian 2008
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008
  • District 9 2009
  • The Lovely Bones 2009
  • Avatar 2009
  • The A-Team 2010
  • Predators 2010
  • Gulliver's Travels 2010
  • X-Men:First Class 2011
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011
  • The Adventures of Tintin:The Secret of the Unicorn 2011
  • The Avengers 2012
  • Prometheus 2012
  • Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter 2012
  • The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey 2012
  • Man of Steel 201310
  • Iron Man 3 201311
  • The Wolverine 2013
  • The Hunger Games:Catching Fire 2013
  • The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug 2013
  • Godzilla 2014
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014
  • The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies 2014
  • Chappie 2015
  • Furious 7 2015
  • Fantastic Four 201512
  • Maze Runner:The Scorch Trials 2015
  • The Hunger Games:Mockingjay - Part 2 2015
  • I 2015
  • Krampus 2015
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks:The Road Chip 2015
  • Deadpool 2016
  • Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice 2016
  • The Jungle Book 2016
  • Central Intelligence 2016
  • Independence Day:Resurgence 2016
  • The BFG 2016
  • Pete's Dragon 2016
  • Spectral 2017
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2017
  • War for the Planet of the Apes 2017
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2017
  • Justice League 2017
  • Alita:Battle Angel 2018

See alsoedit

  • Industrial Light & Magic
  • Framestore

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Another visual effects Oscar for Weta Digital" Wellingtonscoop Retrieved 2010-01-17 
  2. ^ "Massive Software" Massive Software Retrieved 2010-01-17 
  3. ^ "Interview with Chris White on King Kong" cgarchitect Retrieved 2010-01-17 
  4. ^ "Bigger and Badder:How Weta Digital Bulked Up for King Kong" Studio Daily Retrieved 2010-01-17 
  5. ^ Alex Ben Block 2009-12-10 "The creatures of 'Avatar' were 15 years in the making" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 2010-01-04 
  6. ^ Barnes, Mike 2012-12-03 "Top Visual Effects Producer Eileen Moran Dies in New Zealand; Worked on 'Avatar,' 'The Hobbit'" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 2012-12-28 
  7. ^ Staskiewicz, Keith "'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes':See Andy Serkis and others go ape in this side-by-side special-effects video -- EXCLUSIVE" Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly Inc Retrieved 19 July 2014 
  8. ^ Danny Allen 2011-08-05 "Giz Interviews Weta Digital's Effects Guru, Joe Letteri" Gizmondo Retrieved 2011-08-08 
  9. ^ "The Birth of Weta", 1994, "The Edge" TV servies, S2E7
  10. ^ Gilchrist, Todd December 17, 2011 "Effects Supremo Joe Letteri Says Zack Snyder Is Placing Emphasis On In-Camera Effects In 'Man of Steel' | The Playlist" IndieWire Washington, DC, USA:SnagFilms Retrieved August 3, 2012 
  11. ^ COHEN, DAVID "Marvel's Alonso to studios:Support Digital Domain" Variety Retrieved 24 November 2012 
  12. ^ "Weta Digital" Retrieved February 4, 2015 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Massive
  • Weta Digital at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official Facebook page

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